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We know you’re probably tired of all these articles on fall … nah, just kidding! We know you love this season as much as we do, if not even more. We’ve kept you in-the-know about pumpkin patches, leaf viewings and cool October events, but what about just chilling out and enjoying the last of the mild weather before winter steals it all away? Seriously, soon these warmer days will be few and far between and you’ll wish you’d taken all the time you could to be outside. So, here are some of the best places to do it in style.
For Outdoorsy Folks: Spend the Day at Bear Creek Park
Bear Creek Park puts the “multi” in multi-use park. There’s definitely something for everyone and you can have quite a bit of fun. One highlight is the epic dog park, where your well-behaved pups can socialize and burn off energy off the leash as you chat with other pet pals. You can also leash up your pup and visit the ten miles of multi-use trails that traverse a variety of terrain, from fields to trees. There are tons of picnic tables for an impromptu lunch and pavilions you can reserve for larger events (fall family reunion, anyone?). Speaking of reservations, you can also play tennis or practice archery if you reserve the space. Kiddos will love the playgrounds and the nature center, which has educational hikes and tons of learning opportunities. Best of all (like most things outdoors in Colorado Springs), it’s close to home!
For City Folks: Visit Manitou Springs
Stroll the streets of Manitou Springs and enjoy the brisk sunshine as you window shop in dozens of unique shops that line the main drag and sample from numerous natural fountains. Pop into galleries like the Manitou Art Center, where you can check out the works of local artists (or even sample a class, it’s not outdoors, but we won’t tattle). Many of the restaurants still offer patio seating on nice days, some with heaters if it’s a bit chilly. There’s something special about dining al fresco on the edge of winter. And you can’t forget the outdoor arcade, where you can play the newest video games … or take a journey back in time to antique games like loading beans with a tiny mechanical truck. Get competitive with mechanical horse races and then celebrate the win with hot funnel cake or piece of fudge. It’s the fresh air you want with the civilization you love.
For Family Folks: Enjoy the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
For Family Folks (Bonus Activity): Start Christmas Early at the North Pole
We all may have complained about the summer heat since July, but now that it’s slipping away, everyone is just a bit desperate to capture any of those last few moments they can. With these awesome attractions, you can do just that. We’ll see you there!
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